There were no tears, frowns, or any resemblence of sadness among the girls receiving the red ribbons at North Central High School on Saturday afternoon. For the Cathedral Fighting Irish (18-5), who found themselves holding the smaller version of the IHSAA Tennis State championship trophy, had no regets of finishing as runner-up.
"What can you say about this season, what can you say," said Cathedral Head Coach Mark Noe. "It was incredible. I'm very proud of the girls and I'm very pleased. We wanted to win but I just couldn't be more proud of the girls."
Cathedral's number-one tandem of Freshman Caroline Combs and Senior Carlene Eckhart won their match in three sets, ousting Rachel Swartwood and Liz Wilm 7-5, 7-6, (7-1), and Sophomore Meredith Goshell also won her number-one singles match against Macie Elliott 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
"I got off to a slow start as I played (Elliott) in a lot of tournaments before," said Goshell.
"But obviously this is a little bit different. But it was really nerve-wracking getting off to a slow start and then I started playing better a little bit. I tied it up, I lost the next two games, and when I lost the first set I kept telling myself to just keep going. All of my teammates were really supportive, especially the girl next to me in Simone Deighan who was playing three singles. She kept on telling me that I could do it and it was awesome for them to have my back. Even when the team had lost, they were cheering and being really ambitious. They really supported me, and it helped me pull it out there."
Despite the fact Cathedral would be leaving North Central High School without a State championship, it didn't mean they were losing any hope for the future. The Fighting Irish will only lose one senior to their entire varsity roster, leaving Goshen and the rest of the girls looking towards 2013 already.
"We definitely have the tools to win it next year," said Goshell.
"This is just like motivation. Obviously (Evansville Memorial) are going to have a lot of girls next year too, as are a lot of schools, but I feel like this is the motivation that shows we can win next year. Next year I feel like we have the confidence to push ourselves over and make the adjustments to win it next year."
Evansville Memorial 3, Indianapolis Cathedral 2. Evansville Memorial finishes 25-0; Indianapolis Cathedral finishes 18-5.
1. Meredith Goshell (10) Indianapolis Cathedral def. Macie Elliott (11) Evansville Memorial, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
2. Jasmine Lee (10) Evansville Memorial def. Abby Brady (9) Indianapolis Cathedral, 6-0, 6-1.
3. Brigitte Swartwood (9) Evansville Memorial def. Simone Deighan (11) Indianapolis Cathedral, 6-4, 6-3.
1. Caroline Combs (9) | Carlene Eckhart (12) Indianapolis Cathedral def. Rachel Swartwood (11) | Liz Wilm (12) Evansville Memorial, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1).
2. Audrey Vincent (9) | Brenna Wu (11) Evansville Memorial def. Olivia Flynn (11) | Caroline Sprunger (12) Indianapolis Cathedral, 6-4, 6-2.
Cathedral gives Evansville Memorial best shot, ends up runner-up at State
After a rallying to defeat Fort Wayne Canterbury in the semifinals, Cathedral (18-5) ran out of steam against undefeated Evansville Memorial (25-0) in the State championship finals.
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.